I hope and pray you are well and safe in the lockdown. Itís such a time of uncertainty as Covid continues to disrupt and transform the world and it places different demands on us all. For this reason church is open for private prayer, for making donations to the Foodbank, to support you, and you may want to light a candle.
The church is open Tuesday Ė Sunday between 10.30am and 12.30pm (Job Club on Mondays) so do make use of this time and come in.
A reminder of our free weekly Job Club and we do have spaces available. Please do tell people about the Job Club, it is a vital ministry and support, especially during these times of rising unemployment and redundancies.
Anyone interested should contact Carol either by email email@example.com or text or ring 07840 209718
Christmas Hampers Ė our Boxes of Hope
Churches Together are currently supporting 13 vulnerable families in Ainsdale with fortnightly boxes of food, crafts, and toys. For Christmas St Johnís has agreed to make up 3 Christmas Hampers give to families in need of a few extra treats. We are hoping to also buy each child a small gift. There is a list of what is needed. If youíre able to donate anything (cash is also accepted) can you contact Eirlys 576563 please.
We will be having a Christingle service for the school which will be livestreamed and also available on YouTube Ė details to follow.
Christmas isnít cancelled as some would like to say. We will be doing things differently but nothing can cancel the wonderful gift of Jesus, who brought light into the darkness, and we rejoice that we do live in that light, even when we feel we are in dark times. Take a moment to pause and know that God loves you and is with you.
I am on leave next week so I will have time to pray and reflect especially as I grieve following the death of my dad. Iíve included 2 weeks readings for Morning Prayer with this email.
May God continue to bless and protect you all. Stay safe in Christís strength.
grace of the Father be with you;
may the love of the Son enfold you;
and may the peace of the Spirit comfort you,
today and always, Amen.
With my love and blessings,
Rev'd Jane Morgan MBE
Vicar St John's Church Ainsdale
708 Liverpool Road, Ainsdale,
Southport, PR8 3QE
tel: 01704 577760
mob: 07519 012609